Stimulants – a substance that raises levels of physiological or nervous activity in the body; increases alertness, attention, blood pressure, heart rate, and breathing
- Specific behavioral effects: wakefulness, temporarily alleviate mood, reverses the effects of fatigue, agitation, paranoia, aggression, suicidal or homicidal tendencies, auditory & visual hallucinations, seizures, & excessive physical activity
- Can treat behavioral disorders such as: ADHD, narcolepsy, and in some cases, depression
- Dysphoric Crash (“coming down”) – after the high –> fatigue and depression
The Venn diagram above shows the behavioral effects stimulants have on the body. The middle bubble exhibits the behavioral effects all stimulants cause and the surrounding bubbles are relevant to each specific stimulant. The bubble in the top right corner includes the behavioral effects of both amphetamines and methamphetamines.
In the video above, 3:30-4:25 shows the immediate behavioral effects of taking methamphetamine. From 33:30 to 35:55, a former crystal meth addict shares her emotional story of being addicted to the drug.
This video demonstrates the behavioral effects that methamphetamines have on an individual.